The Colours of Physics - vol. 1: Fall, Flow and Heat (Motion Mountain in Colour) (Volume 1)

 
9781508507451: The Colours of Physics - vol. 1: Fall, Flow and Heat (Motion Mountain in Colour) (Volume 1)
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NEW 2017, FULL COLOUR EDITION on gravity, mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics. More than 200 000 readers. How high can animals jump? What are the fastest thrown balls? How fast can aeroplanes and butterflies fly? What does the sea level tell about the sun? What are temperature and heat? What is self-organization? This free colour pdf on introductory physics guarantees to be entertaining, surprising and challenging on every page. The text presents the best stories, images, movies and puzzles in mechanics, gravity and thermodynamics - with little mathematics, always starting from observations of everyday life. This first volume also explains conservation laws and the reversibility of motion, explores mirror symmetry, and presents the principle of cosmic laziness: the principle of least action. This popular volume is downloaded over 40 000 times per year. If you are between the age of 16 and 106 and want to understand nature, you will enjoy it! To achieve wonder and thrill on every page, the first volume includes the various "colour of the bear" puzzles and the "picture on the wall" puzzle, explains about the many types of water waves, introduces the art of laying rope, tells about the the dangers of aeroplane toilets, explores the jumping height of different animals, presents the surprising motion of moguls on skiing slopes, explains why ultrasound imaging is not safe for a foetus, gives the ideal shape of skateboard half-pipes, estimates the total length of all capillaries in the human body, explains how it is possible to plunge a bare hand into molten lead, includes a film of an oscillating quartz inside a watch, includes the "handcuff puzzle" and the "horse pulling a rubber with a snail on it" puzzle, explains how jet pilots frighten civilians with sonic superbooms produced by fighter planes, presents the most beautiful and precise sundial available today, shows leap-frogging vortex rings, tells the story of the Galilean satellites of Jupiter, mentions the world records for running backwards and the attempts to break the speed sailing record, and tells in detail how to learn from books with as little effort as possible.

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Christoph Schiller, PhD Université Libre de Bruxelles, is a physicist and physics popularizer. He has several decades of experience in the presentation of physics, the science of motion. For over twenty years he has been working on his Motion Mountain book series: it provides an introduction to physics for readers between 16 and 106 years of age. He is continuously updating it with new material. He promises that the volumes are captivating and thought-provoking on every page.

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